Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal

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Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal (Ribbon)
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Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal
Awarded by United States Maritime Administration
Type Individual Award
Awarded for Service during the Korean War
Campaign(s) Korean War
Status inactive
Established July 24, 1956
Total awarded 2,000+
Next (higher) Merchant Marine World War II Victory Medal
Equivalent Korean Service Medal
Next (lower) Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal
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Merchant Marine Korean Service ribbon

The Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal (Ribbon) is a decoration of the United States Merchant Marine awarded for service during the Korean War.


The decoration was created by the United States Maritime Administration on July 24, 1956.[1]


The decoration is awarded to officers and men for service aboard merchant vessels flying the American flag in waters adjacent to Korea between June 30, 1950 and September 30, 1953, during the Korean War.

Prior to 1992, the Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal was a ribbon-only decoration. Later, a medal was affixed to the ribbon. The following is a design note: "the torii gate and taeguk are traditionally associated with Korea. The ship's chain alludes to maritime service."[2]

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  1. ^ Evans Kerrgan. Orders and Decorations of the United States. Mallard Press, NY 1990. p. 70.
  2. ^

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